Murder accused warned after alleged threat

Murder accused, Rasheed Gittens, was hauled over the coals by Magistrate Douglas Frederick earlier this morning, after a policeman who was sitting toward the back of the courtroom said the accused had turned around and told him “you are a dead man”.

Gittens, 20, appeared in the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court before Frederick this morning along with five other men accused of murdering school teacher Dwight Holder on August 6.

“Now let me tell you something. The police officer is doing his job; whether it is a judge, magistrate, prosecutor, police or prison officer, when we do our job we do it as professionals. We don’t have a lot of protection from the State so we have to protect each other.”

Gittens (in the back, wearing black and white shirt) and five others are accused of murder

The magistrate went on to tell the accused that if he threatens anyone who works within the court system, “I will personally take offence to that because eventually it will get to me.

“You will not find favour with anyone within the (court) system” once known for threats, Frederick explained.

“You are already in the frying pan and if you want to get into the fire I will write it on the charge sheet and send it to the Chief Justice for his consideration and see what he has to say about it…I am telling you this because you are young. So don’t play the fool when you come in here. Don’t ever let me hear anything like that ever again. You are a young boy so I am not writing anything but don’t ever let it happen again,” the magistrate stressed.

“I was a prosecutor and I went through all of that already.”

When Gittens insisted that he was not referring to the policeman nor did he say those words, Frederick warned him “not to say or do anything, do not make any gesture or anything that can be interpreted as a threat”.

Gittens and his co-accused are due back in court on September 11.

23 Responses to Murder accused warned after alleged threat

  1. Jema Goodluck
    Jema Goodluck August 15, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Lockup his ass and trowway the keys

  2. Cassandra Gittens
    Cassandra Gittens August 15, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    imagine he in the court room and talking about killing again just lock him up and throw away the key he should be lock up all now just for making that threat. what a waste of life for a young person

  3. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha August 15, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    That shows the level of ignorance that is out there ….he is a really stupid person..

  4. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha August 15, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    No one will eva forget or forgive them ..they took a good man from his friends, a father from his unborn daughter , a teacher from young minds and an only son from its mother…karma will get every one of them ..just hope it doesnt pass onto those that they know cuz the sins of the father are passed onto the third and forth generations…may god have mercy on all of them ..

  5. Tammy Akelia Taitt
    Tammy Akelia Taitt August 15, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    He can’t be serious. He ain’t write it down because he young? Wtf? That ain’t make no sense. Anything he said can and should be held against him in court man. I would have hold he tail in contempt. He ain’t too young to be in gangs and with guns, but too young for this? Stupes, this judicial system hear.

  6. Amanda Greaves
    Amanda Greaves August 15, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Clearly no one is afraid of the police anymore

  7. Marie Campbell
    Marie Campbell August 15, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    I think he watching too much kiss me ass TV and had wanted to do that if he ever had a chance but the judge should have jail him extra time

  8. Alphonso Elijah
    Alphonso Elijah August 15, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Young enough to kill then you should be young enough to dead.

  9. Liz DaSilva Vieira
    Liz DaSilva Vieira August 15, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    So he is a bad boy, smiling and threatening the police after killing an innocent man? He forgets whose custody he is in and at whose mercy he is! He might not be smiling so sweetly when they are finished with him. Stupid foolish little boy!

  10. cecil P August 15, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    come on now are u kidding me he is in court threatening a police officer and the judge say what ? because he is young man she’s not going to send what he said to the chief justice . excuse me that’s one of the reasons why these damn criminals is doing what they feel like in BIM and getting a couple years in jail using those threatening words to the police officer I would tack on another 20 years on his smart ass

    • Olutoye Walrond August 16, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      Hear, Hear. Totally agree.

  11. Vashti Braithwaite
    Vashti Braithwaite August 15, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    I am at a loss for words….. I am sooooo disappointed at this magistrate…….. Like **hauling him over the coals** is enough. Is it any wonder they were on the front page of the paper grinning!

  12. Mark Boyce
    Mark Boyce August 15, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    Then some mother gine cry and holler “He did ah good boy…” fill up front and inside pages of the papers crying or on the news taking up space….please…

  13. Thomas Katt
    Thomas Katt August 15, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    Dah in nuttin. De mayor ah moontown got up in parluhmunt recently n suh dat 9 gun crimes in dis time iz de equivalent ah 9 big rock or stick fights back in the day. Now wunna see wey summa dese idiots born yuh

  14. dave August 16, 2015 at 12:32 am

    that is why these idiots behave the way they do – living out stupid fantasies seen on dvd because of foolishness from people – like this judge failing to grind the idiot . The Government must take the blame. A minister pull a gun pon another member of parliament sometime ago and got off scots free

  15. Lloyd Lewis
    Lloyd Lewis August 16, 2015 at 6:03 am

    When I saw these parasites on TV getting on like if nothing happen ana a whole man dead because of them I look at how far my island has fall talk about as much hanging and cat nine tail as u like that will never happen

  16. Tony Webster August 16, 2015 at 7:35 am

    The flip side of this astonishing outburst, actually holds some good: the nature and size of the threat which civilised citizens are confronting, becomes totally clear.
    Limp-wristed, mamby-pamby, bleeding heart treatment of such, becomes a joke. The components of civilised society, especially members of our constabulary and judiciary who put their lives at risk daily, will need the resolute support of us all, as well as adequate resources being made available. No-way, must we remove the ultimate penalty, from our statute-books!

    Where in Jesus sweet name, is this country headed?

  17. harry turnover August 16, 2015 at 8:12 am

    This magistrate FA REAL ????…a MURDER ACCUSED threatening a POLICE OFFICER IN COURT and you WARNING him ????????? the CJ should warn YOU.

    Man when he done get sentence to years in Prison for that MURDER ( cause he aint gine get hang…hanging DONE ) TEN MORE YEARS SHOULD be added for that THREAT ALONE.

  18. Alex Alleyne August 16, 2015 at 9:34 am

    These “gang bangers” know that they will never get their necks pop and at such young age after the court lock them up for a few years they will be back on the streets still as young men .The system must make sure that fools like these never walk the streets as “free men” again. The Police officers put their life out on the streets for us in order to make sure the Island is safe for one and all .

  19. Alex Alleyne August 16, 2015 at 9:40 am

    From New York to Hollywood . Too many music and movies for these guys.


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